Few Spring Blossoms: Stores Face Tough Times With Desginer Business

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These are tough times to be in designer retailing. Battling escalating prices for European collections and the shaky economy, American department and specialty store are facing particular challenges with their designer business this spring.

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Few Spring Blossoms: Stores Face Tough Times With Designer Business

These are tough times to be in designer retailing.

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Designer and Luxury

Price Key At The Major Stores

“There is only resistance to high price when the prices on a relative basis seem out of line,” said Gold of Bergdorf’s.

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Special Prices Sell In Boston

In tough times, Boston specialty retailer Alan Bilzerian orders at least one extravagant piece where, as he puts it, “the ink is dripping off your hand as you write it,” he said.

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Designer and Luxury

Southeast Customers Crave Own Style

Southeast designer retailers report spring business as flat with last year, and say it is being driven by affluent consumers less affected by economic factors.

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Chicago Women Seek “WOW” Factor

At Jake, three upscale boutiques in and around Chicago, the city’s winter weather and colder spring have affected sales more than the economic downturn.

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Designer and Luxury

Southwest Business Picks Up Steam

Spring business started late in Texas as unseasonably cool weather impacted shopping in March.

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Casual Still Clicking In Los Angeles

“Customers are buying a lot of yellows and oranges,” said Tifani Wilt, fashion director of Macy’s West. “Anything with a fresh and new look, as well as prints or solids. Also, items with feminine detailing in sleeves or necklines, for instance, are…

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A belted double-face wool-alpaca jacket, $159; a turtleneck with rack stitch detailing, $59, and constructed knit trousers, $89.

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Jump-starting J. Jill

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Playing Around

American Eagle Outfitters gave a presentation of the fall offerings of its three collections on Thursday.

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Honoree Rowley Tells Students ‘You Can Do It’

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